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October 6, 2017 16 Tishrei 5778 Volume 73, Issue 19

S O U T H E R N A R I Z O N A ’ S A WA R D - W I N N I N G J E W I S H N E W S PA P E R

Cantor becomes rabbi, and Bet Shalom plans gala in celebration

Celebrations .............13-17


Arts & Culture .........................9


Commentary ..........................6 Community Calendar.......... 20 Local .............. 2, 3, 7, 9, 10, 13 Middle East ......................11 National ...........................11 News Briefs ..........................24 Our Town ..............................23 P.S. ........................................ 18 Rabbi’s Corner ......................22 Synagogue Directory.............4

ongregation Bet Shalom will celebrate the recent ordination of Rabbi Hazzan Avraham “Avi” Alpert next month at a gala event. Alpert says he’s both humbled by the attention and excited because the event supports his mission of reaching out to the entire Jewish community. Alpert’s personal journey began when he was a child growing up in a family that was actively Jewish but not particularly observant. In high school he believed in science and considered himself an atheist. His road back to Judaism began when he was a music major at Arizona State University, and a professor encouraged him to join Hillel. Many steps on this road brought him more involvement in Jewish observances and traditions, eventually leading him to become a cantor. He served as cantor for synagogues in Sacramento and Las Vegas before being hired by Bet Shalom in Tucson in 2012. “It is a journey of growth that continues for

Rabbi Avraham Alpert of Tucson speaks at his ordination at the Stephen Wise Temple in Los Angeles on May 29.

our congregation and for Avi,” says Andy Kunsberg, a past president of Bet Shalom. “I was vice president of Bet Shalom when we got the ball rolling to find a part-time rabbi, but we

ended up hiring a cantor, and it was a wonderful decision. Avi has become the soul of our congregation.” Kunsberg, his wife, Linda, and 18 other members of Bet Shalom traveled to Los Angeles for Alpert’s ordination, which took place on May 29 at the Stephen Wise Temple. Alpert studied at the Academy for Jewish Religion, California, a transdenominational institution for training rabbis, cantors, chaplains, and other Jewish community leaders. The program involved two years of commuting to Los Angeles for classes held Sunday through Tuesday, and another year to research and write a thesis. Meanwhile, he continued to serve as Bet Shalom’s spiritual leader. The decision to take another big step on his journey had not come lightly. “I give special thanks to my teachers [at AJRCA] and to Rev. Dr. Norman Rubin because he encouraged me to go for the education to become a rabbi,” says Alpert. “My initial reaction to the idea of going to school while See Rabbi, page 4

Federation, Foundation to hold open house at new building PHYLLIS BRAUN

AJP Executive Editor


he Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and Jewish Community Foundation will hold a ribbon-cutting celebration of their new home, the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy, 3718 E. River Road, on Sunday, Oct. 15 at 3 p.m. The open-house event will include food, music, remarks by Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, and tours of the new building. “The new building has surpassed our expectations. Our aim was to create a design that sends the message that this is a place where the community comes together — a place of meaning.


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Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona President and CEO Stuart Mellan and Jewish Community Foundation Executive Director Tracy Salkowitz at the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy Oct. 1.

Having set aside this long-term aspiration until all of our agencies had updated facilities, we

are excited to have reached this day … truly a shehecheyanu moment,” say Stu Mellan, JFSA

president and CEO, referring to the blessing said for new and unusual experiences. Tracy Salkowitz, JCF executive director, adds that the new building is a symbol of the local Jewish community’s vigor. “Our new home is a testament to our extraordinary community,” says Salkowitz. “When so many communities are struggling and downsizing, our Tucson Jewish community is flourishing and expanding. Our new Center for Philanthropy is a tribute to the dynamic relationship between Federation, the Foundation and our agencies. Here’s looking to our future, from strength to strength.” RSVP at or 577-9393.

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LOCAL ‘Stumbling stone’ gives family overdue closure DAVID J. DEL GRANDE AJP Staff Writer


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ctive remembrance can provide an alternative to warfare, and taking pause to acknowledge as well as consider human tragedies may force us to search for peaceful means, says Bertie Levkowitz-Herz. “You only have losers with war, and killing makes no sense,” she says. “There’s got to be another way to solve differences and be a little more tolerant of people.” Gunter Demnig, a Cologne-based artist who is not Jewish, designed the Stolpersteine, or stumbling stones, project in 1993. The brass plaques that commemorate victims of the Nazis are installed in the street, in front of the person’s last known residence or place of business. Levkowitz-Herz attended a Stolpersteine ceremony in Holland this summer that honored her uncle, Ibertus Magnus, who was arrested by the Gestapo for “political speech” at the end of 1941. During a business trip, Magnus shared his opinion about Adolf Hitler with another train passenger, who was a Nazi sympathiser — whether he was baited into the conversation or not is unknown. He was murdered at Buchenwald concentration camp at age 24. Levkowitz-Herz was born eight weeks after his death, and was named in honor of her uncle. Like many other families living in 1940s Europe, Levkowitz-Herz’s parents knew war was imminent, she explained, but by the time the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands began in May 1940 it was too late to flee. Born in 1942, Levkowitz-Herz spent three and a half years as a hidden child of the Holocaust. During those formative years, she was smuggled around among 40 different families in order to be kept safe. After the war, she was reunited with her parents. Her family immigrated to the United States in 1953, eight years after the end of World War II. Although the timing may seem odd, her parents understood the difficulty of starting over in a foreign country, she says. With the Cold War looming, and as Russia continued to expand throughout Eastern Europe, the outbreak of the Korean War ultimately prompted their move. They arrived in New York City, but soon moved to Bellflower, California, where she stayed until she graduated college. Levkowitz-Herz and her first husband, Jack Levkowitz, who died in 1999, moved to Tucson in 1964. Levkowitz-Herz says the stumbling stone ceremony originally felt like a per-

Tucsonan Bertie Levkowitz-Herz speaks at the installation of a ‘stumbling stone’ honoring her uncle in Groningen, the Netherlands, Aug. 6.

functory gesture, but she decided to attend the event in good faith, returning to her hometown of Groningen, the Netherlands. The ceremony, held on Aug. 6, turned into an unofficial family reunion with 25 people attending the event including her three sisters; her son, Howard, and his wife and three children; her daughter, Helene; her aunt, Sary, and Sary’s three grown children; and other family members living in Europe. For the longest time, Jews created a community, or sense of place, within their synagogue and faith, says Levkowitz-Herz. During the late 1950s and ’60s, a commonality was built around supporting the state of Israel, she adds. Today, the Holocaust has become a unifying theme in the Jewish community, which makes Levkowitz-Herz a bit uneasy. “Those of us who lived through [the Holocaust] have, very often, a feeling — it’s a long time ago, it happened, we’ve got to move on with our lives, let’s not dwell on this,” she says. “And it’s not an American opinion; it’s a Holocaust survivor opinion amongst some people. First of all, for years you could not talk about it; nobody wanted to hear about it.” Moreover, for decades the gravity of the Holocaust wasn’t even recognized, and there certainly weren’t any social services resources for survivors, she says. Often times, the Holocaust was minimized and Jews were blamed for allowing it to happen, which taught survivors not to talk about that time in history. Conversely, as someone who speaks to local high school students about the Holocaust, Levkowitz-Herz says there’s an imperative need for educating young See Stone, page 8

LOCAL Jewish History Museum to honor Ray Davies, a trailblazer in Holocaust education The Jewish History Council’s Margie Fenton Museum & Holocaust Humanitarian Award History Center’s annual in 2004. fall benefit, “You’ve Got to “Ray is the first generbe Carefully Taught,” will ation Holocaust educator honor Holocaust educain our community. He tion pioneer Ray Davies. literally made the way for It will be held Sunday, generations that have folOct. 29 at noon at the lowed. His life-long comHacienda Del Sol Guest mitment to Holocaust Ranch Resort. education is a model for Richard T. Hanson, everyone in the field,” professor emeritus of the says Bryan Davis, execuRay Davies School of Theatre, Film & tive director of the Jewish Television at the UniverHistory Museum. sity of Arizona, will give The fall benefit will a presentation highlighthighlight the museum’s ing classic moments in Birin Family Educationtheatre that emphasize al Outreach Program, the importance of ethics which provides students in education. across Southern Arizona Davies, a U.S. Army opportunities to explore veteran who served in questions of identity, Japan in 1952, has been community, race/raca Tucson resident since ism, memory and jus1952. Now retired, he is an tice through the prism internationally renowned of Jewish values and the Richard T. Hanson lecturer and Holocaust history of Jewish people educator. A charter memin Southern Arizona. ber of the United States Holocaust MeHanson created the UA’s musical themorial Museum in Washington, D.C., he atre program. He has the honor of havwas appointed to the USHMM Educa- ing a UA Foundation Musical Theatre tors Council and selected to represent Endowment established in his name and American educators at the dedication was awarded the James P. Anthony Award ceremony for the museum in 1993. for sustained excellence in teaching. He He is an emeritus board and founding has directed and choreographed numermember of the Educational Enrichment ous musicals, plays, and revues. He curFoundation, a local nonprofit, which rently presents lectures celebrating the has named its annual humanitarian American Musical Theatre and the Great award for him. A founding member of American Song Book for The Learning Tucson’s Holocaust Survivors Speaker Curve’s series, Learning at The Loft. Bureau, Davies was the first recipient The cost of the fall benefit lunch is of the Jewish Federation of Southern $95; RSVP at Arizona Jewish Community Relations or 670-9073.

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also working was ‘How could I do this to my wife and children?’ But my wife said, ‘Absolutely you are going to do this and take the three years to do it.’ She said the timing for the family was good since the children were not too young nor were they yet teenagers.” Rubin, also a Bet Shalom past president, and his wife, Kathy McGuire, have been members of the congregation since its founding 34 years ago. Both had a role in Alpert’s decision to become a rabbi. “There was a generous donation left to the congregation and we were part of a committee to determine how best to use the funds,” McGuire says. “We discussed several ideas, but after all the discussion it was voted to send our cantor to rabbinical school.” “His education was a team effort of Avi, his family and our congregation,” says Rubin. Both Rubin and McGuire say attending Alpert’s ordination was special because he is so important to them, and has done so much for the congregation. “Avi brings such enthusiasm and spirituality to our congregation,” McGuire says. “He encourages people to get involved at any level of Judaism they feel comfortable with, and he is grateful for whatever involvement they choose.” Sarah Frieden, executive director for Bet Shalom, says Alpert has brought many positive changes to the congregation: the membership has tripled since he joined the congregation, and he has instituted policies of no set membership dues and no charge for High Holiday tickets, increased educational programs for all ages, and reached out with educational programs in the Tucson community. “I think that Avi’s coming on board is the best thing that has happened to the congregation,” says Frieden, who has been with Bet Shalom for all of its 34 years. “He is wise, has innovative ideas and brings a natural excitement to his work.” Alpert says the ordination has made a difference. “I didn’t expect to feel any different after being ordained as a rabbi,” he says. “I was already functioning as the spiritual leader of Bet Shalom, but I noticed changes as I continued my learning. “People seem to think of me differently now. It is a good feeling, only surprising. There seems to be a higher level of comfort on the part of the congregants just knowing that even though I have been their hazzan and spiritual leader, it makes a difference that now I am officially a rabbi.” Alpert’s wife, Kamala, his three children, and his parents attended the ordination. Along with thanking family, teachers and his congregation, Alpert made a special point in his speech. “I must confess, my most important title is not rabbi, it’s not hazzan, it’s Abba. My own

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children, Ezra, Maiella, and But congregation members think Alpert is more Solomon, are the ones who than just a “facilitator.” have ordained me with this title “Thanks to Avi there are now more of us in the ‘Abba,’ and I intend to live up congregation that participate,” says Kunsberg. “I am to that calling with all of its re68 and I just had my bar mitzvah a year ago. Avi sponsibilities and duties.” inspired me to learn to read Hebrew and to learn Anne Lowe, president of more about Judaism.” Bet Shalom, also attended the The gala event celebrating Alpert’s ordination ordination ceremony. She and will take place on Nov. 4 at the Tucson Jewish her husband, David, have been Community Center and will include cocktails, dinmembers for 12 years. ner and musical entertainment. “This celebration “Those of us who went to is the culmination of our congregation’s desire to the ordination went because have our cantor become our rabbi,” says Kunsberg. we are all very proud of Avi “But it also celebrates Bet Shalom and the positive and we wanted to let him know transformation we have made over the years.” how much we appreciate him,” Looking to the future, Alpert wants to do more says Lowe. “We had a great time outreach. “My thesis was about the importance there and the ceremony was of the community and the resuscitation of the very beautiful and moving. We American Jewish community because many Jews joked that he was first in his Bet Shalom congregants and family at Rabbi Avraham Alpert’s ordination in Los Angeles May 29. Back row,(L- are simply not interested in Jewish involvement,” class — but it was because his R): Bernie Engelhard, Ron Saffer, Frank Youdelman, Arnie Merin; second row: Sarah Frieden, Anne Lowe, Donna he says. “I want to try to build community relationname starts with the letter ‘a,’ and Youdelman, Andrew Kunsberg, Linda Kunsberg, Rabbi Avraham Alpert, Carol Alpert, Tom Alpert, Gary Richelson, ships and help people understand that we need to they went in alphabetical order.” Kathy McGuire Rubin; front row: Solomon Alpert, Maiella Alpert, Ezra Alpert, Kamala Alpert, Elinor Engelhard, Carol help each other. Lowe recalls being “kind of Richelson, Rosa Cohen “Everyone has the magic inside of them, you don’t frightened” of the rabbi at the need to be a rabbi to have that spirit, and I provide Bet Shalom is a very participatory congregation, and Orthodox synagogue in upstate the encouragement for people to achieve their goals.” New York her family attended, because he would yell at Alpert insists that it does not operate any differently The gala begins at 6:45 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 4 at the congregation. As she got older she found out not all whether or not a rabbi is there. Many times members of the Tucson Jewish Community Center, Tickets are the congregation lead services or give sermons. “I like rabbis are like that. $125 per person. Vegetarian meals are available on “Avi is a people’s rabbi, and he is down-to-earth, ap- to say that my role is that of a police officer, a fire fighter request. RSVP by Oct. 16 to Frieden at 577-1171 or proachable and very learned,” Lowe says. “He brings a and a paramedic,” he says. “I’m there to help with chal- youthful vivacity to our congregation and he genuinely lenges and conflict — to both avoid and resolve conKorene Charnofsky Cohen is a freelance writer and editor in Tucson. cares about everyone. We also love his wife and children.” flicts. That is how I think of myself, as a facilitator.”

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COMMENTARY Showing up: Why I traveled to Las Vegas to help after the deadly shooting ALISSA THOMAS-NEWBORN JTA


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e just got into our car and drove. Going to Las Vegas after the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history felt like the right thing to do. As Americans and as Jews, we wanted to be a source of support and love in the face of terror. We wanted to stand with the victims and their families. With Yom Kippur only two days behind us and Sukkot on its way, we saw a window to show up — and so we started to drive from L.A. Rabba Ramie Smith and I are graduates of Yeshivat Maharat, the first school to ordain Jewish Orthodox female spiritual leaders. Our rabbi and teacher, Rav Avi Weiss, taught us to show up. As Jews, we are called to walk in God’s ways, which means being with the brokenhearted and the vulnerable — to be present with an open heart and open arms — even when we are not sure what lies ahead. And so,

Mourners attend a candlelight vigil in Las Vegas for the victims of the mass shooting there, Oct. 2, 2017.

when our fellow Americans, of all faiths and backgrounds, are in need, it is our duty as Jews to be by their sides. So what happened when we got there? We delivered food and water (donated by Yeshivat Maharat) to a local church, whose representatives told us over the phone, “We will be open for whoever

needs us for as long as is needed.” That church took a truckload of food to victims and their families, as well as to volunteers around the city. We spoke with local hospitals and synagogues of different denominations and learned that every house of worship in the city would be offering a prayer vigil.

Everywhere we looked, the billboards flashed not with advertisements, but with thanks to the first responders with the words “Pray for Las Vegas.” Hotels provided complimentary housing for victims and their families from around the country, and people in the street stopped to check in with each other. We participated in a city candlelight prayer vigil for all faiths and provided one-on-one spiritual counseling for those present. We prayed from our Jewish texts, and we heard the prayers of others and their stories. One woman who managed a local restaurant opened her doors to the victims until 4 a.m. on the Monday after the shooting. She had been supporting and welcoming the victims into her restaurant when they could not get into their hotels — when they had nowhere else to go. She came to the vigil to get support for herself and to process all she had seen and heard. A local young man shared frustration See Shooting, page 12

As Orthodox community grows, study of all Jews reveals stark contrasts LAWRENCE GROSSMAN JTA


he 2013 Pew survey “A Portrait of Jewish Americans” shows that Orthodox Judaism, while currently attracting the allegiance of only about 10 percent of all American Jews, is the fastest growing sector of the community. The high birthrate and retention rate confirmed by the survey have led

some observers to predict that within a generation, American Jewry will be predominantly Orthodox, culturally if not demographically. Of course we cannot presume that present trends will continue, but it’s surely worth thinking about what such a Jewish community might look like. A glimpse of that hypothetical future community may be found in the 2017 American Jewish Committee’s Survey of

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American Jewish Opinion, the latest installment of the organization’s annual report on the attitudes of a representative sample of American Jews, conducted in August. The stark differences it finds between Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jews today go far beyond varying patterns of religious observance, and suggest the profound social, political and ideological changes that may lie ahead. The survey confirms that Orthodox Jews are highly pro-family and pro-natalist. An astounding 42 percent of the Orthodox respondents are aged 18-29, as compared to just 15 percent of Conservative Jews, 19 percent of Reform and 16 percent of those calling themselves “Just Jewish.” And despite their relative youth, 83 percent of the Orthodox respondents are married, far more than the 54 percent of Conservative, 52 percent of Reform and 44 percent of Just Jewish who are. Jewish identity is strongest among the Orthodox. While virtually all respondents declared that being Jewish was important in their lives, a significant denominational difference emerged as to whether being Jewish ranked as very important: 99 percent of the Orthodox said it did, as compared to 71 percent of Conservatives, 44 percent of Reform and 30 percent Just Jewish. Another large gap emerged in regard to visiting Israel: 84 percent of the

Orthodox had done so, 65 percent of Conservatives, 49 percent of Reform and 37 percent of Just Jewish. A remarkable 66 percent of the Orthodox sample had been to Israel more than once — a higher rate than that for any of the nonOrthodox groups visiting once. In addition, the AJC survey demonstrates intense political polarization between Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jews. The Orthodox are far more politically conservative, Republican and proTrump than other American Jews. Only 3 percent of the Orthodox sample describe themselves as liberal, as compared to 46 percent of Conservative Jews, 64 percent of Reform and 60 percent of those who say they are Just Jewish. Sixtynine percent of the Orthodox identify as politically conservative, as do only 29 percent of Conservative Jews, 14 percent of Reform, and 16 percent of Just Jewish. (About an additional 20 percent in each of the denominations identify as “moderate, middle-of-the-road.”) Even as Orthodox Republicans outnumber Orthodox Democrats by 43 to 22 percent (the rest are Independents), other Jews are overwhelmingly Democratic — 52 percent of Conservatives, 70 percent of Reform and 58 percent of the Just Jewish. And while 54 percent of the Orthodox voted for Donald Trump in November, 60 percent of Conservatives, See Orthodox, page 12

LOCAL ‘Courage to Sparkle’ to welcome JFSA women we can help the world around us to sparkle AJP Executive Editor by honoring and mining and celebrating our “ ourage to Sparown sparkle. kle: Creating a “What I also love Life That Lights about this event in parYou Up” is the theme for ticular, I’m very excited the Jewish Federation of about it, is that it’s an Southern Arizona Womintergenerational event. en’s Philanthropy annual There are women startwelcome event, which ing as young as in their will be held Wednesday, 20s all the way up to Oct. 18, at the Harvey and Lois Barth their 70s and beyond,” Deanna Evenchik Censays Barth, noting that ter for Philanthropy, the new home of the Federation and Jewish Community there will also be diversity in participants’ Jewish backgrounds and affiliaFoundation, 3718 E. River Road. The event will feature keynote speak- tions, “but really what ties it all together er Lois Barth, an author and life coach, is our shared mission of tikkun olam, a and new shinshinit (Israeli teen volun- person at a time, within Tucson, Israel and the world at large.” teer) Chen Dinazi. The welcome event also will include “Besides the fact that I’m a huge sparkle enthusiast,” says Barth, refer- recognition of outgoing Women’s Phiring to her blinged-out wardrobe, “I see lanthropy board members and the inthe courage to sparkle as a metaphor to stallation of the 2017-2018 board. As a mitzvah project, participants shine bright in the world, to radiate our brilliance, and to celebrate our multi- are asked to bring costume jewelry and makeup for the women at the Sister Jose faceted selves. “I love the [Federation’s] theme of Women’s Center. Tours of the new building will be giv‘Stronger Together,’” she adds. “One of the things I love about being Jewish is en at 6:30 p.m., with the event starting the whole tikkun olam — the reparation at 7 p.m. The cost is $25. RSVP at or of the world one soul at a time. Sometimes it’s a very large responsibility, but call Jane Scott at 577-9393.

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stumbling stones had been installed in 1,200 locations throughout Europe and Russia. continued from page 2 Although Demnig’s motto is “One victim, one stone,” he also installs Stolperschwelle, or stumbling thresholds, people about this atrocious epoch and remembering which offer an alternative for locations where thousands those who were lost. of plaques would be necessary to honor victims. As the number of people who can speak firsthand The Stolpersteine Schilderswijk Groningen Founabout the Holocaust shrinks, Levkowitz-Herz says she dation — the local group responsible for the historical provides a powerful account, adding, “I accept the reresearch and organization of the memorials in Gronsponsibility for helping to do this but I often don’t sleep ingen — has identified more than 200 Jews who were well the night before — it’s draining.” displaced and killed from this modest neighborhood in This Yom Kippur, Levkowitz-Herz spoke at CongregaThe Hague during World War II. tion Anshei Israel’s Yizkor service about the Holocaust and The group compiles biographical data, conducts inattending the stumbling stones ceremony this summer. terviews with surviving family memAlthough she had returned to the bers and gets permission from the Netherlands previously, it had been local municipalities and the current some time since she visited her homehomeowners to install the memorials, town. On the day of the ceremony, SunLevkowitz-Herz says, as well as financday, Aug. 6, following the installations ing the project. of the stumbling stones, her family was “The whole concept that these peobussed to the local synagogue, which ple had gone to this incredible amount was opened specifically for the occaof trouble, and effort, it made me look sion. There she gave tzedakah, a chariat it very differently — it’s pretty awetable donation, adding another high some,” she says. point to the trip, Levkowitz-Herz says. Zachor, which Levkowitz-Herz deShe and her family walked with A ‘stumbling stone’ honors the scribes as active remembrance, is a poia group of about 100 people who memory of Ibertus Magnus, killed in gnant term for honoring her uncle with watched Demnig install six stones the Holocaust. a stumbling stone, she says, “Because along the streets of Groningen. A total you’ve now done something meaningful for him as well of 20 memorials were installed that day. In front of each home, a paver was already removed as for the community around there.” It was Levkowitz-Herz’s aunt, Sary, who is now 89 and from the sidewalk. As the group gathered at each locale, the stone was installed and people spoke about lives in San Mateo, California, and her children who aptheir lost relatives. The current residents participated proached Demnig about installing a stumbling stone for in the event as well, opening their doors to the group her brother. Although the process was painful, the beautiful event also brought a sense of closure to the family, during the ceremony. When Demnig came up with the original design, Levkowitz-Herz says. As Demnig is not Jewish, Levkowitz-Herz says the projLevkowitz-Herz says, the stones were going to be slightly ect reminds her of the selfless efforts of those who are honraised in order to force people to stumble and then conored at the Garden of the Righteous Among the Nations at template why. Although it’s a brilliant artistic idea, the projYad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial museum. ect was adjusted for safety reasons, she says with a laugh. “The fact that a non-Jewish group has taken this on Demnig installed the first Stolpersteine in Kreuzberg, we all found amazing,” she says. “We were humbled by it, Berlin, in 1996 without permission, a legal breach that was eventually excused. As of April, more than 61,000 grateful for it and touched.”

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ly unknown until a group of teenagers from rural Kansas discovered her story in 1999. The film also documents their work, and how they and other students

continue to share Sendler’s story with the world. Levkowitz-Hertz was born in Holland in 1942. When she was three months old, her parents gave her to strangers to be cared for, so that they could go into hiding. As an infant and toddler, she spent several years being passed from family to family, until the occupying forces came too close for comfort and she would be handed over to another family. Levkowitz-Hertz will share the story of her adolescence, upbringing, and survival. Hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic beverages will be served. There is no charge to attend, but reservations are required. Call 505-4161 or email

Tucson J concerts to include Celebration of Heritage, Jewish-jazz connection Music takes center stage this month at the Tucson Jewish Community Center, ranging from Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn to the Jewish-jazz connection. The fall Celebration of Heritage concert series begins Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. with “Celebrating Felix Mendelssohn and Fanny Mendelssohn,” German Jewish composers of the Romantic era. The concert will feature violinist Anna Gendler of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and pianist Alexander Tentser, one of the organizers and presenters in the 2013 and 2015 Shaol Pozez Memorial Fine Arts Symposiums on Jewish Music. The series will continue on Sunday, Nov. 19 at 2 p.m. with “Celebrating

Spanish, Latin and Baroque Contemporary Music” featuring Michael Lich, a classical guitarist, banjo-player, arranger and composer who has played around the globe. “Celebrating America’s History” is the theme for Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7 p.m., presented by Richard Fuchs, who has been involved in music and lyric writing for more than 50 years. His choral setting of “Gettysburg” had its premiere performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., in 1983. The series will conclude Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m. with “Celebrating Italian Melodies: Operatic Arias, Art Songs and Folk Music,” with mezzo-soprano Korby Myrick and her husband, pianist and

composer Richard Hereld. Along with celebrating “the multicultural mosaic of our heritage,” says Roza Simkhovich, host of the series, another goal is to promote new talent, as with the Camerata Sonora, which had its debut at the Tucson J in April. Prospective performers may contact Simkhovich at 298-6599. “The Jewish-Jazz Connection and the Great American Songbook: A Musical Review Concert” brings Robin Bessier’s Jazz Trio to the J on Wednesday, Oct. 18 at 6:30 p.m. “The concept for this concert began germinating several years ago, when a friend told me the story of how his Jewish great-grandmother and grandfather,

who lived in New Orleans, took Louis Armstrong under their wing when he was a youngster. As the story goes, they bought Louis his first trumpet, and for the rest of his life he wore a Star of David and ate matzah (his comfort food) after every performance,” says Bessier, who promises to continue the story at the concert. Tickets for each performance in the Celebration of Heritage series are $10. Tucson J members may purchase tickets for all four concerts for $36. Tickets for “The Jewish-Jazz Connection” are $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers. Tickets are available at or 299-3000.

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LOCAL JFCS brings back ‘Shalom in Every Home’ talks Jewish Family & Children’s certified expert in traumatic Services of Southern Arizona stress, certified Imago relakicks off its annual “Shalom tionship therapist, and certiin Every Home” lecture sefied psychodramatist. ries featuring guest speaker She has presented keyAdena Bank Lees, LCSW, on note lectures, workshops, Sunday Oct. 22. and seminars to thousands The two-day event, which of professionals and lay aucontinues Oct. 29, will be held diences across the U.S. since Adena Bank Lees at the Tucson Jewish Commu1992. She helped develop pronity Center from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. grams such as Project Safe Place, an outThe lecture, “Let it Begin With Me: patient psychotherapy program for child Building and strengthening meaningful and adolescent sexual abuse survivors, connections with those you love,” will as well as psychodramatic/sociometric focus on taking responsibility for per- warm-up groups for the Global Peace sonal behavior and becoming aware of Exchange conferences. how we respond to our feelings. Let’s End Abusive Households, funded The second part of the series will offer by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arihealthy techniques for expressing personal zona, is an official sponsor of the event. feelings in a safe and respectful fashion. The event is free, but seating is limLees is a licensed clinical social work- ited. RSVP to Andrea Siemens at er, licensed and internationally certi- or 795-0300, fied substance abuse counselor, board ext. 2365.

UA lecture to examine gender in Judaism, law The Arizona Center for incoherent, and collude in the Judaic Studies will present cisgendering of religion. a lecture by Max Strassfeld, Strassfeld earned his Ph.D. Ph.D., “(Cis)gendering Rein religious studies from Stanligion: Rabbinic Literature, ford University. He specialAnti-trans Bills, and Trans izes in rabbinic literature, hisJewish Cosmology,” on Oct. 9 tory of sexuality, and religious at 4 p.m. at the University of studies theory and method. Arizona Hillel Foundation, Strassfeld is an affiliate of Max Strassfeld 1245 E. 2nd St. Strassfeld is a the UA Institute for LGBT professor in the UA department of reli- Studies and the UA Judaic Studies Progious studies and classics. gram. His book project, “Classically His talk weaves together the recent Queer: Eunuchs and Androgynes in Rabspate of anti-trans bills within the United binic Literature,” explores the function States (which seek to regulate trans access of the eunuchs and androgynes featured to public facilities), Late Antique rabbinic widely in Jewish law and pairs classical texts about androgynes and eunuchs, Jewish texts with intersex autobiograand contemporary trans Jewish readings phy, transgender studies, and theories of of Genesis. The thread that connects all queer temporality, in order to argue that three is a struggle over the legibility of the rabbis use these figures to map the trans bodies in both religion and law. boundaries of normative masculinity. He Here, Strassfeld argues, contemporary was awarded the Frankel Fellowship for characterizations of religion as essentially New Perspectives on Gender and Jewhostile to trans subjects obscure the ef- ish Life at the University of Michigan in fort involved in rendering trans/religion 2013-2014.

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With U.S. assent, Abbas signals reconciliation with Hamas RON KAMPEAS JTA



he Trump administration is encouraging the Palestinian Authority to assume control of the Gaza Strip and leaving the door open for a role by Hamas in the subsequent Palestinian government. But if such a move was once seen as a traditional predicate to a two-state solution, top Palestinian leaders are hedging their bets, saying they would not rule out a “onestate” solution in which Palestinians have the same oneperson, one-vote rights as Israelis. Israeli leaders have long said that would mean the end of the Jewish state. Palestinian Authority government officials returned this week to the Gaza Strip, the first en masse visit — by Cabinet and security officials along with top bureaucrats — since Hamas’ bloody ouster of P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah movement a decade ago. It was a visit twice blessed by the Trump administration, first through a statement last week by the Quartet, the grouping of the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations that guides the peace process, and again Monday with a statement from Jason Greenblatt, Trump’s top international negotiator. “The United States welcomes efforts to create the conditions for the Palestinian Authority to fully assume its responsibilities in Gaza, as noted in the September 28 Quartet statement,” Greenblatt said in a statement he posted on Twitter. The Quartet statement, while itself also abjuring mention of “two states,” made it clear that it foresaw a single Palestinian entity under P.A. rule. It urged “the parties” — the Palestinian Authority and Hamas — “to take concrete steps to reunite Gaza and the West Bank under the legitimate Palestinian Authority.” This week’s P.A. visit to Gaza, brokered by Egypt, a key ally to the United States and Israel, is only for several days, but Husam Zomlot, the PLO envoy to Washington and a top Abbas adviser, anticipated a consolidation of the Palestinian Authority presence there. Zomlot, speaking Monday to reporters here, noted that Hamas dissolved its governing body last week and said the Palestinian Authority expected this week that Hamas would formally hand over governance of the strip. The final stage, he said, would be elections. “The return of the Palestinian Authority” to Gaza “is a milestone for the Palestinian Authority and of President Trump’s deal of the century,” Zomlot said, using a phrase Abbas used in a meeting with Trump on Sept. 20. A signal of the White House’s seriousness is the likelihood that Hamas will continue to play a role in governing the strip. Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama,


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heeding Israeli concerns, rejected any role for Hamas in Palestinian governance, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said repeatedly it would be a deal breaker. Now, however, careful phrasing by U.S. and Palestinian officials strongly suggests that Hamas will not fade into the night. Zomlot called the changes in Gaza “the return of the consensus government,” the joint HamasP.A. venture that existed uneasily in 2006-07 and infuriated the administration of George W. Bush. Greenblatt in his statement nodded to concerns about Hamas, a State Department-designated terrorist group, but in language vague enough to accommodate a Hamas role. “Any Palestinian government must unambiguously and explicitly commit to nonviolence, recognition of the state of Israel, acceptance of previous agreements and obligations between the parties, and peaceful negotiations,” Greenblatt said. That elides over earlier Israeli demands that not just a Palestinian government, but all of its components, must renounce violence and recognize Israel. Netanyahu, speaking Wednesday to a Likud party meeting in the West Bank, maintained — at least in part — a tough line on the terms of a reconciliation acceptable to Israel. He said Hamas must be disarmed, but did not count out explicitly keeping Hamas figures within the Palestinian Authority bureaucracy. “We expect everyone who talks about a peace process to recognize the State of Israel and, of course, to recognize a Jewish state, and we are not prepared to accept bogus reconciliations in which the Palestinian side apparently reconciles at the expense of our existence,” Netanyahu said in Maale Adumim, a settlement of 40,000 located just east of Jerusalem. “Whoever wants to make such a reconciliation, our understanding is very clear: Recognize the State of Israel, disband the Hamas military arm, sever the connection with Iran, which calls for our destruction, and so on and so forth. Even these very clear things must be clearly stated,” he said. Without mentioning the two-state goal, Greenblatt’s statement nevertheless called on the Palestinian government to abide by “previous agreements.” These would presumably include the 2003 “road map” that was to have culminated in Palestinian statehood. Still, Zomlot said the Palestinians wanted more clarity from the Trump administration. He referred to Trump’s news conference with Netanyahu in February, when the president said, “I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like.”

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at how helpless it felt to want to do something for the victims and families but not knowing what to do. He said just bringing positive energy and presence to the vigil was his way of praying. Tourists from all over the world signed posters and lit candles. And locals spoke about how proud they were of this Vegas, this America, that was united and, though hurt, would never be

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89 percent of Reform Jews and 78 percent of the Just Jewish voted for Hillary Clinton. When the survey was done in August, 71 percent of the Orthodox had a favorable impression of Trump’s performance as president. In contrast, 73 percent of the Conservatives, 88 percent of Reform and 81 percent of the Just Jewish judged it unfavorably. Responses to questions about Trump’s performance on specific policy issues — national security, terrorism, U.S.-Russia relations, NATO and the transatlantic alliance, race relations, immigration and the Iran nuclear issue — showed a similar pattern. Non-Orthodox respondents view the administration’s record unfavorably by roughly 3 to 1, even as the Orthodox give it favorable ratings by about the same margin. On Israel, the survey findings clearly indicate that Orthodox Jews are much more hawkish and supportive of the current Israeli government than other Jews. Although clear majorities in all the non-Orthodox groups favor the establishment of a Palestinian state under current circumstances, 78 percent of the Orthodox oppose the idea. And asked their opinion of the way Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

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From the launch of the Oslo process in 1993 until now, Palestinian Authority officials have spoken of a one-state outcome only in pessimistic terms, casting it as a dystopia engendered by a failed process. Last month, addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Abbas in a first for a Palestinian leader said that if the two-state option collapses, Palestinians could embrace one state. It would not be a predominantly Jewish state covering Israel and most of the West Bank, an outcome popular among the Israeli right, but a binational state in which West Bank and Gaza

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broken. And perhaps the most heartwrenching experience was providing spiritual care and counseling at the family crisis center, where families of those who had not yet been found were waiting for news — waiting for 15 hours in limbo, in the greatest nightmare, not knowing if their child was alive or dead, or if their loved one was in a hospital or in a morgue. One high school girl who was waiting to hear about her sister said, “Where is she? My sister is supposed to go to my graduation. I didn’t tell her I loved her enough.” I held her as she sobbed.

is handling his country’s relations with the U.S., 86 percent of Orthodox respondents approve, 51 percent “strongly.” In contrast, 38 percent of Conservatives, 51 percent of Reform and 53 percent of the Just Jewish disapprove. Questions on the relationship of religion and state in Israel elicited strong American Orthodox backing for the status quo. For example, 57 percent of the Orthodox believe that Israel’s recognition of Orthodoxy as the sole official form of Judaism has no effect on the country’s ties with American Jews, and another 28 percent feel it actually strengthens those ties. In sharp contrast, however, clear majorities of each of the nonOrthodox groups responded that the religious status quo in Israel in fact weakens the ties between the two Jewish communities. If, indeed, American Jewry turns more Orthodox in coming years, and the Orthodox maintain their current values and views, we will see a community more family-centered, more strongly Jewish, more politically conservative, more engaged with Israel and more committed to Israel’s Orthodox and right-leaning camps. But before making plans to prepare for this future scenario, bear in mind that prognosticators have been wrong before. Lawrence Grossman is the American Jewish Committee’s director of publications.

Palestinians have full rights as citizens. Abbas warned in his U.N. address that in the failure of a two-state solution, “neither you nor we will have any other choice but to continue the struggle and demand full, equal rights for all inhabitants of historic Palestine. This is not a threat, but a warning of the realities before us as a result of ongoing Israeli policies that are gravely undermining the two-state solution.” Zomlot expanded on that possibility at his news briefing Monday. “As long as we mean one man and one woman, one vote, we are fine with this,” he said, adding however that the two-state solution “remains absolutely the best option.”

CELEBRATIONS Local teens bring passion, talent and caring to b’nai mitzvah projects KAYE PATCHETT Special to the AJP


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David Jurkowitz, son of Dan and Lisa Jurkowitz, became a bar mitzvah on Oct. 10, 2015, at Congregation Anshei Israel. For his bar mitzvah project, he played piano for residents of Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging. Now a 10th-grade student at Basis Tucson North, Jurkowitz has played since childhood, and participates in the Tucson Symphony Young Composers’ project — so when it came to a bar mitzvah project, his thoughts turned naturally to playing music. And, he says, “I wanted to do something with a direct impact on people … I thought Handmaker would be perfect.” What began as a bar mitzvah requirement in 2014 has since developed into a long-term commitment and a fulfilling relationship with Handmaker residents. “I go every two to three weeks,” he says. “It’s really cool to see the smiles on their faces. They’re so grateful and happy that a young person comes and plays for them.” Playing for residents with Alzheimer’s is especially rewarding, he says. “One would get up and dance with her walker. It was beautiful. And she would sing along.” David plays classical music and improvisation, along with Jewish tunes and a sprinkling of Klezmer music. He donated his childhood piano to Handmaker, and last year he joined the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona’s intergenerational Tracing Roots program at Handmaker, in which teens and residents trace their ancestry and share memories. “I started playing on Friday nights, right before services,” he says. “I get called up to lead a couple of prayers, and then I get to eat with the residents.” He’s encountered, and learned to accept, some reali-

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or Jewish teens, a bar or bat mitzvah project is an opportunity to learn more about their responsibilities as Jewish adults. It’s a hands-on way to learn the meaning of tikkun olam (repairing the world), and serve the community in personally meaningful ways. Several Tucson Jewish teens shared with the AJP how they identified their projects, experienced the rewards of contributing, and, in some cases, forged lasting connections with members of the Jewish community.

David Jurkowitz plays piano for residents of Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging on Sept. 22.

Noah Fleisher measures a saguaro in Saguaro National Park West’s Box Canyon on Feb. 27, 2016 as part of the park’s Centennial Saguaro Survey.

ties of intergenerational friendships. “At the first Tracing Roots meeting, I walked one of the residents up to her apartment and gave her a hug. Next time I came, she’d passed away. I didn’t expect it.” One resident is 102, he adds, on a happier note. “She’s doing great.” David also plays piano at the University of Arizona Cancer Center with a group of school friends, who will join him playing at Handmaker, starting in November. “It started out as a bar mitzvah project, but I think it’s grown. My bar mitzvah came and went, and I thought, ‘I don’t want to stop. I want to keep going.’ ”

ignated areas, and observe their condition. The accumulated data assist in studying their response to weather, climate and environmental changes, Noah explains. “We would measure their height, and look if they were damaged in any way, if there were [invasive] insects, or if part of them had been frozen during winter.” As a University High School freshman, Noah is taking a class in environmental science, and is considering a future career related to wildlife and conservation. Participating in the survey offered a real-life demonstration of the importance of conservation — and, he says, taught him more about what can be done by those who care. “A few of the people were there the last time the survey was done,” he says. “There was a certain saguaro that was there last time — it was really tall — they noticed it was dead.” Such long-term data provide scientists with information about changes in health and growth patterns, he says. For instance, “They don’t know a lot about the effects on the saguaro of global warming, but they will be able to see what’s happening.”

Noah Zvi Fleisher, son of Andrea and Jason Fleisher, has a passion for wildlife and the environment. When researching a project for his May 7, 2016, bar mitzvah at Congregation Or Chadash, he was excited to discover and participate in Saguaro National Park’s Centennial Saguaro Survey. The 70-year-old survey is conducted once every decade. Under the guidance of park rangers and scientists, local students help measure and count saguaros in des-

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He’s also concerned about the welfare of wildlife in an increasingly urban landscape. Some efforts have been successful, he says, like the wildlife bridge that now spans North Oracle Road. “I read an article about it before my bar mitzvah,” he says. “I thought it was really interesting how it helps wildlife cross the street safely.” But, says Noah, when it comes to wildlife and environmental protection, “I think a lot more could be done than what is happening right now.” And, he points out, since “trees take carbon dioxide from the atmosphere,” nature is vital to our own survival. The destruction of forest lands and other natural habitats leaves “less and less for wildlife,” he says. “There used to be a lot jaguars living in this area, when the city was a lot smaller. Now there are just a few left.” Lyle Yi Tumarkin, daughter of Joanna Norman and Paul Tumarkin, is a 9th-grader at Empire High School in Vail. She celebrated becoming a bat mitzvah on Jan. 30, 2016, with Congregation


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Chaverim. For her bat mitzvah project, she raised money for cancer research through the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life program. Participating teams set up an overnight camp and take turns walking on a track all night to symbolize the fact that cancer never sleeps, she explains. “One of my best friends at the time, her dad had cancer, and I thought it would be really cool to do something to help. I’m a gymnast, so I liked the idea of doing a physical activity.” Friends and family supported her team. “During the year, we raised money, and then we went to my high school and camped out,” says Lyle. “At the beginning they have a survivor lap, where a bunch of survivors walk. My grandfather had cancer, and he walked.” Fundraising continued as a succession of walkers took to the track. “We had food you could buy: Some people brought Eegees, or baked goods, and we had games and competitions,” says Lyle. Together, she and her team raised almost $2,000. “People were really supportive and helpful,” she says. The walk wasn’t her first experience with a bat mitzvah project. Ann, her older


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sister, helped raise veloped. “We’ve guide dog puppies even become for the Paws for the friends with EriCause 4-H guide ka’s children and dog club, and the grandchildren whole family has in Minneapolis,” since become inSloan says. “It volved. For the past turns out they year, they’ve hosted lived four blocks and helped train a from us when future guide dog, we lived in Minand will soon begin nesota, but we raising a new pupdidn’t know each py. Lyle also serves other until after as secretary on the Niles began his board for Paws for project.” the Cause. It took a year Helping in the Niles King and his mother, Sloan R. King, are flanked by Holocaust survivors Mike Bokor and and many visits community is more Erika Dattner at Niles’ bar mitzvah on July 30, 2016 at Temple Emanu-El. to interview both than just part of besurvivors and coming a bat mitzvah, she says. “There’s a lot going on in complete the project, says Niles, now in 9th grade at the world, so it just feels really good to help other people Ironwood Ridge High School. In his movie, their stories — and it feels good knowing that you’re going to make a are interwoven with music, along with past and present difference in someone else’s life.” photos of Dattner and Bokor. “They were lost children,” says Niles. “Erika was hidNiles Rendleman King, son of Sloan R. King, Ph.D., den in an orphanage, and Mike escaped the Nazis.” In the CRC, celebrated becoming a bar mitzvah on Saturday, iMovie, Bokor describes being arrested after curfew and July 30, 2016, at Temple Emanu-El. Some months ear- taken to Nazi headquarters, where he was beaten. He also lier, he’d met two Holocaust survivors, and he decided to mentions his release by a sympathetic Nazi, later rumored devote his bar mitzvah project to creating an iMovie to to have been a blond, blue-eyed Jew. preserve their stories. While making the movie, Niles extensively researched He met Erika Dattner and Mike Bokor, both origi- the Holocaust. “I gained a lot of knowledge on the Honally from Budapest, Hungary, through an activity at locaust and what it’s like to go through it,” he says. In the Tucson Hebrew Academy, where he was a student. process, he acquired a new appreciation of the freedom to “We sent out Rosh Hashanah cards to Holocaust sur- practice Judaism. “I’m thankful,” he says. “The Nazis wantvivors,” he says. The names were randomly selected, but ed to get rid of the Jews, [but today] you can have a bar to his surprise, he heard back from Dattner and Bokor. mitzvah, and not get harmed, or made fun of for it. “They lived in SaddleBrooke. The minute she called, Er“I think everyone’s story should be heard,” he says.“Othika asked if we could meet.” er people should record them … so we don’t forget them.” His mother took him to meet the two survivors, who To view Niles’ iMovie, visit Kaye Patchett is a freelance writer and editor in Tucson. at the time were a couple, and a family friendship de-

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n this tiny country, there are only so many places to have a wedding. Or so you would think. But a growing number of Israelis are creating one-of-a-kind outdoor weddings from the ground up. In some cases, they even start with the ground. “We brought in bulldozers for one couple,” said Ori Fuks, an Israeli wedding producer. “They wanted to get married on an avocado farm, so we built them a parking lot.” “Nature weddings,” as they are sometimes called, are an increasingly popular option for young Israeli couples seeking unique nuptials. In recent years, an industry has emerged around the bespoke outdoor events, offering an alternative to the traditional wedding hall blowout. Shani Maaman, a 31-year-old hightech worker from Jerusalem, and her husband-to-be, Ran, were determined to do their wedding themselves. With the help of Israeli wedding blogs and Facebook groups, they spent months planning and preparing a wedding they felt reflected who they are. Unlike some couples, Maaman and her fiance did not start from zero. Instead they converted a biblical tourism center, called Genesis World, into a bohemian desert getaway with Bedouin-style tents and cushions, billowing macramé decorations and a caravan of camels on hand. A DJ played world music-inspired beats late into the night. “Nature weddings have become common, but I know that our wedding was very, very special,” Maaman said. “The nice thing about the place was that because it’s not for weddings, it doesn’t feel commercialized. They don’t charge you

Shani and Ran Maaman embrace under the huppah at their wedding in the Judean Desert, May 11, 2017.

Shani and Ran Maaman enjoy the company of camels at their wedding in the Judean Desert, May 11, 2017.

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thing you want, we can create it.” Fuks lets couples customize nearly every aspect of their wedding, starting with the location. In addition to the avocado farm, he uses forests, deserts, vineyards and fields. Last year he threw a wedding in a pallet factory. He works with suppliers to bring in the desired amenities, like generators for electricity, a kitchen and bar, a sound system, lighting, restrooms, tents and flowers. Immediately after the event, everything is dismantled. No infrastructure can stay in place, Fuks said, because he rents the properties from private owners and may or may not have the required permits. Fortunately, he said, he has never had a wedding shut down. Fuks said business has grown steadily over the years to about 30 weddings a year, mostly in the relatively sunny months between March and October. At the same time, he said he has seen his competitors in the nature wedding industry proliferate, from just a couple eight years ago to as many as 10 experienced competitors and countless upstarts today. A saleswoman at one of Israel’s poshest wedding halls said the growing popularity of nature weddings has not cut into her clientele. But speaking on condition of anonymity to protect her job, she said she expects that to change in the near future. Among her Tel Aviv friends, she said, wedding halls are already out of style. “People want their wedding to make them feel special,” she said. “But this industry is all about money. You spend money you don’t have, and we make money. In a couple years, everyone will be planning their own weddings.” However, nature weddings are not necessarily less expensive. Fuks said his average wedding costs about $40,000, which is at the high end of the national average, according to a 2015 survey.

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Maaman’s $25,000 wedding is at the low end. Lira Wieman, the owner of LW Events, said nature weddings are nothing new for her clients, who include Israel’s rich and famous. Nearly three-quarters of the weddings she does are in nature, she said. In May, she produced a high-profile desert wedding for model Shlomit Malka and actor Yehuda Levy. “They wanted a Burning Man-style event,” Wieman said, referring to the American countercultural festival. “It was crazy — three days on an isolated ranch with a 24-hour DJ party.” To some extent, Maaman’s wedding — which was also Burning Man inspired — was countercultural, too. Like a growing number of Israelis, she and her husband eschewed the Chief Rabbinate, the Orthodox authority that controls Jewish marriage in Israel. They opted for a secular humanist rabbi, and because only an Orthodox rabbi can perform a wedding in Israel, they have yet to be officially married. Maaman said they plan to eventually marry abroad and have the union recognized by Israel’s secular bureaucracy, or to enter a common law marriage — two increasingly popular options. She said their motivation for not going through the Chief Rabbinate was more personal than principled. They wanted to do the wedding on a date that is forbidden by Jewish law and, more important, to have an egalitarian ceremony. Under the macrame huppah, Maaman joined her husband in the traditional concluding ritual of breaking a glass in memory of the destruction of Jerusalem. “We’re not like ‘anti’ people,” she said. “What guided us was making it our wedding, fit to us. We did what we needed to do.”

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Toward a cure for Type 1 diabetes Aiden Glesinger, 14, has been living with Type 1 diabetes for 11 years. Since his diagnosis, his family and friends have supported fundraising efforts toward vital research through the annual Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation One Walk (to be held tomorrow at Reid Park) and the annual JDRF gala. Sue Ross, Aiden’s grandmother, has been leading the walk for the past 10 years and has served on the JDRF board for the past eight years. Aiden, a 2017 Tucson Hebrew Academy graduate, now a freshman at Catalina Foothills High School, continues to be involved with JDRF on every level. He has spoken to local organizations, educating them about the disease. From July 24-26, accompanied by his mother, Dr. April Glesinger, and his grandmother Sue, Aiden traveled to Washington, D.C. as an Arizona delegate to the biennial 2017 JDRF Children’s Congress. In preparation for the trip, he had specific projects – scrapbooking about his life with the disease, writing letters seeking research funding, and conference calling with the Children’s Congress committee. Aiden, his mother and grandmother met with U.S. Rep. Martha McSally, Sen. ARIZONA JEWISH POST, October 6, 2017

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By day, Abbie Stone is community life director at The Fountains at La Cholla retirement community. As a volunteer, she is B’nai B’rith Covenant House board president, a position she has held since 2013, having served on the board since 2008. Covenant House provides afford- Abbie Stone lights a Havdalah candle able, independent low- during the B’nai B’rith resident leaderincome HUD housing ship retreat for seniors. Its board and staff work together to develop programs to enrich residents’ lives while fostering independence and dignity. The board oversees the management company and has established a nonprofit entity to raise funds spent on enhanced resident services and programs not supported by HUD. B’nai B’rith International Center for Senior Services in Washington, D.C., of which Abbie is vice chair, sponsors a weeklong resident leadership retreat every other summer at the B’nai B’rith Perlman Camp in Lake Como, Pennsylvania. From Aug. 2-8, staff leaders Abbie and her daughter, Eve, 21, accompanied four seniors from Tucson — Jean Adams and Jan Rowand from Covenant House and Heather Dong and Tim Pease from the Gerd and Inge Strauss Manor on Pantano. They joined 24 other residents and staff from across the country in this beautiful camp setting in the Pocono Mountains. At the beginning, these 28 “strangers” were paired up to meet, attend leadership sessions, and make new

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friends. The sessions included topics such as how to interact with management and the board, how to deal with difficult residents, how to write a mission statement, how to raise funds and tap into free ones, and how to engage with their elected representatives. The classes also targeted communication skills and leadership qualities. At this intergenerational, interdenominational retreat, residents interacted with the youth campers, adding another dimension to their experience. The group observed Shabbat and Havdalah, shared moving Shabbat memories, and participated in Israeli dancing. On the last night, they held a talent show, graduation, and friendship circle. Eve, the group’s photographer/cinematographer, made a movie of the entire week’s activities. Participants returned home ready to use their new skills to make positive changes in their respective buildings. On a personal level, Abbie’s dedication to B’nai B’rith is familial, palpable and heartfelt. Her late father was an active member of the B’nai B’rith lodge in Baltimore. Abbie still uses the Kiddush cup with her name engraved on it given to her at birth by his lodge. Abbie, keep making a difference in so many lives.

On the move For the past 14 years, Renee Sebag has been a freelance writer for the Arizona Jewish Post, using the pen name Renee Claire. This past week, she and her husband, Jacques, relocated to La Serena, Chile. Jacques, an astronomer and engineer, has been helping design and engineer an optical telescope that is now being built in the Andes on Cerro Pachón. The Large Synoptic Survey Telescope boasts the largest digital camera ever built for astronomy. Its 24-foot diameter mirror is unique in the world for having both primary and tertiary mirrors cast in the same piece of glass. Jacques came up with this original idea, which was brought to fruition at the University of Arizona’s Richard F. Caris Mirror Laboratory. The LSST will change the way that astronomy is carried out, as it is expected to generate a vast amount of data and discoveries in its 10-year survey. As Renee says, “This is an exciting move for an exciting project; however, we will miss our friends and this community.”

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In August, Renee and Jacques traveled to Tennessee to witness the totality of the solar eclipse. The pair then flew to Israel for a niece’s wedding, joined there by their two younger children, Julie and Robert. Jacques’s two sisters and their families had recently made aliyah from France, making this their first family simcha together in our homeland. Adios and best wishes in your new home and venture.

Rosh Hashanah family cooking class “Since you hold that symbols are meaningful, every person should make it a habit on Rosh Hashanah to eat squash, string beans, leeks, beets and dates.” –Talmud, Horayot 12a Whether called bubbe, zayde, saba, savta, or another endearing name, a grandparent’s relationship with their grandchildren is special. Many of the memories formed through this bond center around food — in particular, Jewish holiday fare. On Sunday, Sept. 10, in celebration of International Grandparents Day and in preparation for Rosh Hashanah, the Tucson Jewish Community Center held a family cooking class in its state-of-the-art, kosher demonstration kitchen. Organized and led by Jennifer Selco, the Tucson J’s director of Jewish life and learning, grandparents (or parents) and their grandchildren (or children) eight years of age and older learned to prepare delicious holiday items for the Jewish New Year. Recipes included honey cake, Israeli fruit salad, string beans with leeks, apples dipped in honey, and challah. Adult participants Rebecca Crow, Anne Johnson, Randi Levin, Sharon Strassfeld, and Ellen Meckler were joined by their respective grandchildren/children in this fun activity.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR The calendar deadline is Tuesday, 10 days before the issue date. Our next issue will be published October 20, 2017. Events may be emailed to, faxed to 319-1118, or mailed to the AJP at 3718 E. River Road, #272, Tucson, AZ 85718. For more information, call 319-1112. See Area Congregations on page 4 for additional synagogue events. Men’s Mishnah club with Rabbi Israel Becker at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Sundays, 7:15 a.m.; Monday-Friday, 6:15 a.m.; Saturdays, 8:15 a.m. 747-7780 or Chabad of Sierra Vista men’s tefillin club with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, first Sundays, 9 a.m., at 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley bagel breakfast and Yiddish club, first Sundays, 9:30 a.m. Members, $7; nonmembers, $10. 648-6690 or 399-3474. Women's Academy of Jewish Studies “Women's 40-Day Program,” at Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Free weekly 45-minute class designed to help like-minded women increase their levels of awareness in relation to G-d. Newcomers welcome. Meets most Sundays, 10:30 a.m. For schedule, contact Esther Becker at 591-7680 or Cong. Or Chadash adult Hebrew classes with Cantor Janece Cohen. Sundays, 11 a.m. Members, $36; nonmembers, $50. To register, call 900-7027 or email Cong. Or Chadash Introduction to Judaism classes with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim. Sundays at noon. Members, $36; nonmembers, $50. To register, call 900-7027 or email sarah@ Southern Arizona Jewish Genealogy Society, second Sundays, 1-3 p.m. at the Tucson J. Contact Barbara Stern Mannlein at 731-0300 or the J at 299-3000. Cong. Or Chadash Tots Program in the Northwest, for ages 3-5, with Jewish storytelling, music, crafts and more. Sundays and Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at Jewish Federation Northwest, 190 W. Magee Road. Call Rina Liebeskind at 900-7030.

Saturday / October 7 11:30 AM-2:30 PM: Secular Humanist Jewish Circle Sukkot Party, at Unitarian Universalist Church, 4831 E. 22nd St. Decorate the sukkah, learn about Sukkot and share a potluck lunch. RSVP to Dee, 299-4404 or or visit NOON: Cong. Anshei Israel “Read It & Meet” book discussion in the sukkah on “The King of Children: The Life and Death of Janusz Korczak” by Betty Jean Lifton. Contact Helen Rib at 299-0340 or 7 PM: 3rd Annual Stone Avenue Block Party, sponsored by the Jewish History Museum and Consulate of Mexico in Tucson, with live music from Klezmerson, food trucks, local artists and local breweries, on Stone Ave., between 16th and 17th Streets. 670-9073 or jewishhistorymuseum. org/events.

Sunday / October 8 9:30 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Men's Club Breakfast with religious school students in the sukkah, followed by meeting to discuss future Men's Club dates and activities. Contact Mark Levine at 548-5471 or 10 AM: CHAI Circle support group for women with cancer, begins with regular meeting and refreshments in the Tucson J board room, fol-


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ONGOING Cong. Bet Shalom yoga. Mondays, 9 a.m. and 4:30-5:30 p.m. Also Wednesdays, 9 a.m. $5. 577-1171. Temple Emanu-El mah jongg, Mondays at 10 a.m. 327-4501. Jewish Federation-Northwest chair yoga with a Jewish flair taught by Bonnie Golden. Mondays, 10-11 a.m., except for Dec. 25. $7 per class or $25 for four. 505-4161 or Cong. Anshei Israel mah jongg, Mondays, 10 a.m.-noon All levels, men and women. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or Tucson J current events discussion, Mondays, noon-1:30 p.m. Members, $1; nonmembers, $2. Lunch, bring or buy, 11:30 a.m. 299-3000, ext. 147. Cong. Or Chadash Mondays with the Rabbi, with Rabbi Thomas Louchheim. Mondays, noon1:30 p.m. Bring a bag lunch. This year's topic: “Judaism's Departure from the Bible to Influence Contemporary Life.” 512-8500. Jewish sobriety support group meets Mondays, 6:30-8 p.m. at Cong. Bet Shalom. “Along the Talmudic Trail” for men (18-40), with Rabbi Israel Becker of Cong. Chofetz Chayim. Includes free dinner. Mondays, 7 p.m. Call for address. 747-7780 or Spouse Bereavement Group, cosponsored by Widowed to Widowed, Inc. at the Tucson J, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. Contact Marvin at 885-2005 or Tanya at 299-3000, ext. 147. JFCS Holocaust Survivors group meets Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon. Contact Raisa lowed 11:40 a.m.-noon by optional annual memorial event in the Sculpture Garden. RSVP to Andrea Siemens at 795-0300, ext. 2365 or 10 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Religious School open house at Jewish Federation-Northwest, 190 Magee Rd, #162. Activities, music, bagel brunch. Contact Rina Liebeskind at 900-7030. 2-4 PM: Chabad of Oro Valley Open Sukkah at 1217 W. Faldo Drive. Refreshments included. 477-8672. 4-6 PM: Tucson J and PJ Library present a Sukkot concert with Billy Jonas, singer-songwriter, percussionist and multi-instrumentalist. Event includes PJ library story and light, breakfast-theme dinner. Tickets, $25 per immediate family. 299-3000 or 6-8 PM: Music at Emanu-El series presents “Run Boy Run” live bluegrass concert at Temple Emanu-El. Doors open 5:15 p.m. Tickets at or Antigone Books, the Folk Shop, Temple Emanu-El office and Dark Star Leather; $15 in advance; $18 day of show. Contact Robert Hanshaw at 203-3512 or

Monday / October 9 6 PM: JFSA Young Leaderhship and Tucson J fall harvest feast in the Sukkah, in

Moroz at 795-0300. Integral Jewish Meditation with Brian Schachter-Brooks, Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m., at Cong. Bet Shalom, free. Tucson J social bridge. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon-3 p.m., year round. Drop-ins welcome. Meets in library on second floor. 299-3000. Northwest Knitters create hand-stitched items for donation in the Jewish community. Meets at Jewish Federation Northwest Tuesdays, 1-3 p.m. RSVP to or 5054161. Jewish Federation-Northwest mah jongg, Tuesdays, 5:30 p.m., except for Oct. 24 and Nov. 14. Also meets Wednesdays, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., 505-4161. Cong. Anshei Israel Talmud on Tuesday with Rabbi Robert Eisen resumes Oct. 17. Meets 6 p.m. 745-5550. Weintraub Israel Center Shirat HaShirim Hebrew choir will be meeting Tuesdays starting Oct. 17, 7 p.m., at the Tucson J. Learn to sing in Hebrew. Contact Rina Paz at 304-7943 or Tucson J Israeli folk dance classes. Tuesdays. Beginners, 7:30 p.m.; intermediate, 8:15 p.m.; advanced, 9 p.m. Taught by Lisa Goldberg. Members, $5; nonmembers, $6. 299-3000.

$8 per class. Contact Evelyn at 885-4102 or Chabad of Sierra Vista women’s class with Rabbi Benzion Shemtov, last Wednesdays, 2 p.m., 401 Suffolk Drive. 820-6256 or Chabad Tucson lunch and learn with Rabbi Yehuda Ceitlin, Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m. at Eli’s Deli. Chabad of Oro Valley adult education class, Jewish learning with Rabbi Ephraim Zimmerman. Wednesdays at 7 p.m., at 1217 W. Faldo Drive. 477-8672 or Jewish mothers/grandmothers special needs support group for those with children/grandchildren, young or adult, with special needs, third Wednesdays, 7-8:30 p.m. at Tucson J. Contact Joyce Stuehringer at 299-5920. Tucson J canasta group. Players wanted. Thursdays, noon. Instruction available and a beginners’ table every week. Call Debbie Wiener at 440-5515. “Biblical Breakthroughs with Rabbi Becker” at the Southwest Torah Institute. Fridays, noon, for men and women. 747-7780 or yzbecker@ Beth Shalom Temple Center art exhibit, “The Gathering of Three Cultures,” through Oct. 25. 648-6690.

Shalom Tucson business networking group, second Wednesday of month, 7:30-9 a.m., at the Tucson J. Contact Ori Parnaby at 299-3000, ext. 241, or

Jewish History Museum/Holocaust History Center art exhibit, “Invisibility and Resistance: Violence Against LGBTQIA+ People,” at 564 S. Stone Ave., through May 31, 2018. Wed., Thur., Sat. and Sun., 1-5 p.m.; Fridays, noon-3 p.m. 670-9073 or

Cong. Anshei Israel gentle chair yoga with Lois Graham, Wednesdays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Members of Women’s League, $6 per class; nonmembers,

Tucson J art exhibit, preview of Art Trails and Heart of Tucson Art Fall Studio Tours, through Oct. 18. 299-3000.

the J's Sculpture Garden. $10. Register at Free childcare available on request.

Under the Sukkah with Nancy Goodman presenting “Nourishing Wellness.” Call 512-8500 for details.

7:15 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel minyan (during Sukkot). Time change also applies Tuesday, Oct 10. 745-5550.

7 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Rosh Chodesh Women's Group, “The Holiday of Sukkot and Miriam the Prophetess,” with Rita Zohav under the Sukkah. 505-4161 or

4 PM: Arizona Center for Judaic Studies Sally & Ralph Duchin Campus Lecture Series presents “(Cis)gendering religion: Rabbinic Literature, Anti-trans Bills, and Trans Jewish Cosmology,” with Prof. Max Strassfeld of the University of Arizona, at UA Hillel Foundation, 1245 E. 2nd St. Free. 626-5758 or 7-8:30 PM: Tucson J class, “Geniuses of Russian Literature: Fyodor Dostoevsky, Leo Tolstoy and Anton Chekhov,” with Roza Simkhovich, former UA senior lecturer in the department of Russian and Slavic studies. Members, $30; nonmembers, $36, drop-in, $9. Continues Oct. 16, 23, and 30. 299-3000 or

Tuesday / October 10 5-7 PM: Tucson J class, “Writing Family History” with Pima Community College instructor and writer Lynn Saul. Continues Tuesdays through Oct. 31. Members, $70; nonmembers, $75. 2993000 or 6:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Sisterhood Sangria

7-8:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El “Taste II, Another Bite: Jewish In America” series with Rabbi Batsheva Appel, presenting “Jews in America – Movements, Assimilation and Creativity.” Continues Oct. 17 and 24, with “From Davening to Rock: A Jewish Way to Pray” and “AmericanIsraeli Relations.” $25 per person, including tastes of traditional Jewish foods. RSVP at 327-4501 or visit 7 PM: Tucson J Celebration of Heritage series concert, “Celebrating Felix Mendelssohn and Fanny Mendelssohn,” featuring violinist Anna Gendler and pianist Alexander Tentser. $10 2993000 or

Wednesday / October 11 7 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Hoshanah Rabbah service. 745-5550. 5:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Erev Shemini Atzeret service. 745-5550.

6:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Simchat Torah service. 512-8500. 6:45 PM: Cong. Chaverim book club. Contact Megan at 7-8:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El class, “Bernstein's Language of Music,” with Bob Hanshaw. Continues Oct. 18 and 25, culminating with a Bernstein concert on Oct. 29. $55 members; $70, nonmembers. RSVP at 327-4501 or visit

Thursday / October 12 9 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Shemini Atzeret service, followed by Yizkor/Yahrzeit plaque dedication at 10:30 a.m. 745-5550. 10 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Shemini Atzeret Yizkor service. 512-8500. 5:30 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Community Simchat Torah dinner and celebration. Deli dinner (vegetarian option) in the sukkah, with sangria for adults and lemonade for kids; Hakafot follows at 6:13 p.m. with Israeli singing and dancing with the Torah, dessert, coffee and tea. Celebration free; Dinner cost, including alcohol: Members, $10; children (2+), $5. Nonmembers, $15; children (2+), $10. Call 7455550 for space availability. 6:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Simchat Torah klezmer celebration and consecration, preceded by Simchat Torah pizza party at 5:45 p.m. RSVP for pizza dinner at 327-4501.

Friday / October 13 9 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Simchat Torah celebration and lunch. Service 9 a.m.; Family celebration 9:30 a.m. in the Cantor Falkow Lounge, with singing and dancing for children, and a dramatic presentation with shinshin (Israeli teen volunteer) Tamir Shecory at 10:30 a.m. in the Rabbi Breger Hall. Lunch follows, with salad, potato and ice cream bars. Free: Call 745-5550 for space availability. 6 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Tot Shabbat potluck, for children through 2nd grade and their parents. 512-8500.

Saturday / October 14 9 AM: Cong. Or Chadash Shabbat Hike on Mt. Lemmon. Meet at Bank of America, Catalina Highway and Tanque Verde, and carpool to the top. Bring sack lunch, water and sunscreen. RSVP at 512-8500. NOON: Temple Emanu-El Rabbi’s Tish; interactive Torah study and potluck lunch. Bring a dairy or vegetarian dish to share. 327-4501. 5:30-8:30 PM: Humane Borders volunteer recognition event. Actor and activist Ed Asner emcees. YWCA of Southern Arizona, 525 N. Bonita Ave. Tickets, $60, at or at the door (cash or check). Contact Bob Feinman at 940-0078 or

Sunday / October 15 10:30 AM: Desert Caucus brunch with U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) at Skyline Country Club, 5200 E St Andrews Dr. Guests should be potential members and rsvp at 490-1453 or desertcaucus@ 11:30 AM: Hadassah Southern Arizona luncheon. Cassandra Garcia, certified genetic counselor at the University of Arizona Cancer Center, presents “Genetics of Breast Cancer, Jewish Ancestry and Ongoing Research: Important Information for Men and Women.” $18; open to all. Buffet luncheon features salmon as main course. Send check payable to Hadassah, by Oct. 8, to Anne Lowe, 7863 W. Morning Light

Way, Tucson, AZ 85743. 11:45 AM: Cong. Anshei Israel Blessing of the Pets. Bring your leashed or caged pet. 745-5550. 2 PM: Beth Shalom Temple Center of Green Valley presents “The Music of Irving Berlin,” a sing-along/dance-along event with information on Berlin's life and music. $5. Donations for Green Valley-Sahuarita Food Bank welcome. 648-6690. 2 PM: Tucson J class, “Putting Your Best Foot Forward” with Ballet Tucson, in the Sculpture Garden. All ages. Adults: $12, members; $10, nonmembers; children under 18: $8, members; $7, nonmembers. Visit or call 299-3000. 3-5 PM: Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona and the Jewish Community Foundation “The Next 70” Ribbon-Cutting Celebration and Open House for the dedication of the Harvey and Deanna Evenchick Center for Jewish Philanthropy, 3718 E. River Road. Free. Contact Jane Scott at or call 577-9393. 1-5 PM: Temple Emanu-El Hebrew Marathon class with cantorial soloist Marjorie Hochberg. Learn to read Hebrew in two fun sessions, continuing Monday, Oct. 16, 6-9 p.m. Members, $45; nonmembers $60. To register, call 327-4501.

Monday / October 16 8:30 AM-4 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Scholastic book fair, featuring books for pre-K through 8th grade and some for adults, including cookbooks. Continues through Oct. 20. Meet Clifford the Big Red Dog on Monday, Oct. 16, 8-9:30 a.m. 9 AM: Tucson J Introduction to Mah Jongg class with Deanna Mendelow. Members, $50; nonmembers, $60. 299-3000. 11 AM: Brandeis National Committee Tucson Chapter fall opening luncheon featuring vocalist Katherine Byrnes, at Westward Look Wyndham Grand Resort and Spa, 245 E. Ina Road. $39. RSVP by Oct. 10 by mailing check payable to BNC to Soralé Fortman, 6300 E. Speedway Blvd., #1321, Tucson, AZ 85710.

Tuesday / October 17 10:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El Adult Education Academy class, “The Genesis Project: The Soul of the Torah,” begins. Explore the Torah, starting with Abraham. Tuesdays through Nov. 28. For fee Information, call 327-4501. NOON: Cong. Or Chadash book club discusses “Last Train to Istanbul” by Ayse Kulin. Meets 3rd Tuesdays. 512-8500.

Wednesday / October 18 10-11:30 AM: Temple Emanu-El Talmud Study begins. No prior Talmud or Hebrew knowledge necessary. Meets Wednesdays through May 2. For fee Information, call 327-4501. 11: AM: Jewish History Museum presents “Narrating Our Values: Community Conversations.” Topic: Tikkun Olam, at 564 S. Stone Ave. 670-9073. NOON-1:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Let's Do Lunch, with speaker Ron Gold, presenting "Arizona Rangers – What Are They? Who Are They?” Meet at Mimi’s Café, 4420 N. Oracle Road. $16. 512-8500 or 6:30 PM: Tucson J presents “The Jewish-Jazz connection and the Great American Songbook: A Musical Review Concert,” with Robin Bessier's Jazz Trio, in the ballroom. Members, $10; nonmembers, $12. 7 PM: JFSA women's Philanthropy Annual Welcome, “The Courage to Sparkle,” with key-

note speaker Lois Barth, author and life coach; Chen Dinazi, Tucson shinshinit (Israeli teen volunteer); recognition of outgoing board and installation of 2017-18 board, at the Harvey and Deanna Evenchick Center for Jewish Philanthropy, 3718 E. River Road. Building tours at 6:30 p.m. $25. RSVP at or call Jane Scott at 577-9393, ext. 8471.

Thursday / October 19 10-11:30 AM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Kibbitz and Schmear, at 190 W. Magee, #162. Free. Call 505-4161 or visit northwestjewish@ 10-11 AM: Tucson J/Ballet Tucson Senior Swans Classes, ages 55+. No experience necessary. Thursdays through November 30 except for Nov. 23. $78 members; $90 nonmembers. Contact Amy Dowe at 299-3000 or 2-3 PM: Tucson J Beginner Hebrew class. Eight weeks through Nov. 30 (no class Nov. 23). Intermediate Hebrew, 6-7 p.m., and Advanced Hebrew, 3-4 p.m. All taught by Sarah Golan Mussman. Members, $60; nonmembers, $70. 299-3000. 7-8:15 PM: Temple Emanu-El Basic Judaism (with Rabbi Batsheva Appel), and Intermediate Judaism classes begin. Both classes meet Thursdays for 24 sessions through May 10.

Members, $125; nonmembers, $165. 327-4501 or

Friday / October 20 11:30 AM: Jewish History Museum Gallery Chat, “The Stories Must be Listened Out of Us” with Zahraa Jabaar, an Iraqui refugee and Fernando Najero, student-research for the museum’s MyLife Tucson project, 564 S. Stone Ave. Free. 670-9073. 6:30 PM: Cong. Or Chadash Family Shabbat service, for all families with kids in third-eighth grade. 512-8500. 5:45 PM: Cong. Anshei Israel Family Shabbat Experience service and dinner. Dinner at 7 p.m., followed by open lounge with games and fun in the Linda Roy Youth Center. Dinner: $25 per member family (2 adults & up to 4 children); nonmember family, $30; adults (ages 13+), $10 per person. RSVP by Oct. 16 at 745-5550, or visit 6 PM: Temple Emanu-El Northwest Shabbat dinner and service with Rabbi Sandy Seltzer, at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 7650 N. Paseo Del Norte. Kosher dinner (vegetarian upon request) followed by Shabbat service at 7 p.m. Dinner: Temple members, $12; nonmembers, $14; children 12 and under, free. RSVP at 327-4501. 9:30 PM: Temple Emanu-El Downtown Shabbat at Jewish History Museum, 564 S. Stone Ave. 327-4501.

UPCOMING Sunday / October 22

9:15 AM: Jewish War Veterans Friedman-Paul Post 201 breakfast meeting at B'nai B'rith Covenant House, 4414 E. 2nd St. $4. Contact Honey Manson at 529-1830. 9:30 AM-3 PM: Jewish Federation -Northwest 3rd Annual Mah Jongg Tournament and Silent Auction. Registration is followed by games at 10 a.m. $36; includes registration, continental breakfast, lunch, prizes and favors. Players should bring their original 2017 National Mah Jongg League card. RSVP with payment by Oct. 16 at 505-6141. 10 AM: Temple Emanu-El Babies and Bagels and Kurn Religious School: Noah's Animals at TRAK Ranch. Visit with farm animals and enjoy an activity-filled morning for the whole family. Parents must drive their own children. Closedtoed shoes required. $8 per child. Contact Meg at 359-3161 or 11 AM-12:30 PM: Jewish Family & Children's Services of Southern Arizona “Shalom in Every Home” two-part healthy family lecture series. Adena Bank Lees, LCSW, presents “Building and Strengthening Meaningful Connections with Those You Love.” At Tucson J library. Continues Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. RSVP to Andrea Siemens at 795-0300, ext. 2365. Seating is limited.

Monday / October 23

NOON-1:30 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Robert Eisen of Cong. Anshei Israel, “Wired to G-d: Modern Technology and Jewish Life.” Dairy lunch, $8. RSVP at 505-4161. 1:30-3 PM: Hadassah Southern Arizona book club east discusses “Hidden Figures” by Margot Lee Shetterly, at the River/Craycroft Pima County Library. Contact Maxine Murray at 885-5800. 5-6:30 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest and Hadassah Southern Arizona book club discusses “Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West,” by

Dorothy Wickenden. Contact Sandra Reino at 742-3522. 7 PM: Jewish History Museum Integral Jewish Meditation workshop, with Brian SchacterBrooks, 564 S. Stone Ave. Free. 670-9073 or

Tuesday / October 24

4-6 PM: Jewish Federation-Northwest presents film screening of “Life in a Jar: The Irena Sendler Project,” plus Holocaust survivor testimonial, “Hidden Child,” with Bertie Levkowitz, at Splendido, 13500 N. Rancho Vistoso Blvd. Hors d'oeuvres and nonalcoholic beverages included. Free. RSVP at or call 505-4161.

Sunday / October 29

NOON: Jewish History Museum fall fundraising brunch, “You've Got to Be Carefully Taught,” honoring Holocaust education pioneer Ray Davies, with guest speaker Richard Hanson. $95. To register, visit For information, call 670-9073.

Saturday / November 4

6:45 PM: Cong. Bet Shalom Gala celebrating the ordination of Rabbi Avraham Alpert at the Tucson J. Dinner, cocktails and entertainment. $125. RSVP by Oct. 16 at 577-1171.

Sunday / November 5

9 AM-3 PM: JFCS 13th Annual CHAI Circle Retreat: Rabbi and author Naomi Levy, founder and leader of NASHUVA, a Jewish spiritual outreach movement, presents “Judaism and Soul, Healing, Meditation and Prayer,” at Hacienda Del Sol Guest Ranch Resort. Light breakfast and lunch included. No registration fee. RSVP by October 20 to Andrea Siemens, at 795-0300, ext. 2365 or 5:30 PM: Tucson Hebrew Academy 2017 Tikkun Olam Celebration honoring Danny & Janis Gasch. Begins with cocktails, followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Single ticket, $150; couple, $250. RSVP at or call 529-3888. October 6, 2017, ARIZONA JEWISH POST


RABBI’S CORNER ‘Walking with the wind’ is motto for our times RABBI STEPHANIE S. AARON Congregation Chaverim


ongressman John Lewis shared this story about his childhood. He called it a little story that has nothing to do with a national stage or historic figures or monumental events. It’s just a simple true story, about a group of young children, a wood frame house and a windstorm. “One afternoon, about fifteen of us children, my brothers and sisters and cousins were outside my Aunt Seneva’s house, playing in her dirt yard. The sky began clouding over, the wind started picking up, lightning flashed far off in the distance, and suddenly I was terrified. As the sky blackened and the wind grew stronger, Aunt Seneva herded us inside. Her house was not the biggest place around and it seemed even smaller with so many children squeezed inside. Small and surprisingly quiet. All of the shouting and laughter that had been going on earlier outside had stopped. The wind was howling now and the house was starting to shake. We were scared. And then it got worse. Now the house was beginning to sway. The wood plank flooring beneath us began to bend. And then, a corner of the room started lifting up. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. This storm was actually pulling the house toward the sky. With us inside it. That was when Aunt Seneva told us to clasp hands. Line up and hold hands she said, and we did as we were told. Then she had us walk as a group toward the corner of the room that was rising. From the kitchen to the front of the house we walked, the wind screaming outside, sheets of rain beating on the tin roof. Then we walked back in the other direction, as another end of the house began to lift. And so it went, back and forth, fifteen children, walking with the wind, holding that trembling house down with the weight of our small bodies. “More than half a century has passed since that day, and it has struck me more

than once over those many years that our society is not unlike the children in that house, rocked again and again by the winds of one storm or another; the walls around us seeming, at times, as if they might fly apart. But we never leave the house; we never run away. We stay, we come together and we do the best that we can, clasping hands and moving toward the corner of the house that is the weakest. Then another corner will lift and we will go there. And we know that another storm will come and we will have to do it all over again. And we will. And we do, all of us, together. You and I, children holding hands, walking with the wind. That is America to me.” This is a story about HaShem Echad, the Oneness of G-d, which embraces and holds each one of us in a strong weave of interconnectedness and wholeness; it is about chazak ve’ematz, strength and courage, in the face of danger and uncertainty. It is about how strong we are together, clasping hands, doing the work, methodically and steadily, holding onto each other for dear, sweet life. And it is a story about tikvah, hope. There are so many problems avalanching around us in our world; despair is strong, but we are stronger; hopelessness is compelling, but our hopes are greater; our actions against despair, intense and fervent. We wrap ourselves in a Torah of Hope and Bravery and we do not succumb to fear. We grasp our tsitsit, our knotted fringes, and we do the work, mitzvah, (commandment) by mitzvah. We carry hope in our hearts and our hands; with strength and courage at the ready. Talmud Yerushalmi, the Jerusalem Talmud, states, “As long as a person breathes, that person should not lose hope.” We are breathing. We are standing together; we have a firm grip on one another. Hope is the way we will continue to breathe; the way we will stand up to violence and hatred and bigotry; and all of the problems that would overwhelm us; the way we will walk in the wind together.

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CARLOS A. HERNÁNDEZ, CEO and president of JEWISH FAMILY & CHILDREN’S SERVICES OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA, received a 2017 Influential Health and Medical Leader Award in the category of Mental Health & Psychiatric Services from Tucson Local Media. The awards event was held Sept. 27 at Casino del Sol Resort. Hernández holds a master’s degree from the University of Chicago and is a licensed psychotherapist, Certified Professional for Healthcare Quality, and adjunct faculty member at ASU School of Social Work and Pima Community College social services department. Previously he served as director of Family and Community Partnerships; guided the implementation of disabilities services, mental health services, and parent engagement services for Head Start at Tucson-based Child-Parent Centers; and was in charge of compliance, quality management, and performance improvement for Pantano Behavioral Health Services in Tucson. ARIANNE RAMIREZ was hired as executive director of FOOTHILLS PLACE, an Enlivant senior community at River and Swan roads. She has 12 years of experience as director of assisted living and memory care and certified assisted living nurse. Previously, she was director of health services at the Country Club of La Cholla and director of assisted living and memory care at La Posada Continuing Care Retirement Community in Green Valley. TUCSON HEBREW ACADEMY has hired ANDRES PORTELA III as marketing and community outreach coordinator. Portela, a Sierra Vista native, graduated from the University of Arizona in 2016 and was a public relations manager at McFadden/ Gavender Advertising prior to joining THA. He has worked for Apple Inc., the Sierra Vista NAACP, and interned for U.S. Rep. Ron Barber.




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Celebrating a philanthropic career On Monday, Sept. 25, more than 70 people gathered for a party celebrating the retirement of Carol Sack, who spent more than 30 years working in the Tucson nonprofit community with the last 15 years in the Jewish community, most recently as a senior philanthropic advisor at the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona. Previously, she held development positions at Jewish Family & Children’s Services and Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging. Sack began her career in philanthropy at the Community Foundation of Southern Arizona and was the founding director of the Women’s Foundation. The party, hosted by the JCF, was held at the Harvey and Deanna Evenchik Center for Jewish Philanthropy.

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NEWS BRIEFS Three American scientists were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics, including one who fled the Nazis with his parents and another whose grandparents were Polish immigrants. Rainer Weiss, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Kip Thorne and Barry Barish, both of the California Institute of Technology, were awarded the prize on Tuesday for the detection of gravitational waves, which were predicted by Albert Einstein a century ago. Gravitational waves are ripples in space and time that help scientists explore objects in space. Weiss won half of the $1.1 million prize, with Barish and Thorne sharing the other half. The Nobel winners and the late Ron Dreyer, also of Caltech, founded the international collaboration of physicists and astronomers known as LIGO, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. In February 2016, they announced that they had recorded gravitational waves emanating from the collision of a pair of black holes a billion light years away. Dreyer died this year; the Nobel Prize is not awarded posthumously. Weiss, 85, was born in Berlin to a nonJewish mother and a Jewish father. The family fled Berlin for Prague when Weiss was a baby because his father was Jewish

and a member of the Communist Party. After the Munich agreement in 1938, the family left Prague for the United States. Weiss earned his doctorate from MIT and in 1964 joined its faculty. Barish, 81, was born in Omaha, Nebraska, and grew up in Los Angeles, the son of Lee and Harold Barish, the children of Polish immigrants to the United States. He earned his doctorate in 1962 from the University of California, Berkeley, and joined Caltech in 1963. Thorne, 77, received his doctorate from Princeton University in 1965, and joined Caltech in 1967. Michael Rosbash of Brandeis University, whose parents fled Nazi Germany, the son of a cantor, was one of three American scientists to win the Nobel Prize for Medicine. The prize awarded to Rosbash, 74, and the others announced Monday was for their discoveries about molecular mechanisms controlling the body’s daily rhythm. Jeffrey Hall of the University of Maine and Michael Young of Rockefeller University in New York joined Rosbash in receiving the prize. They used fruit flies to isolate a gene that controls the rhythm of a living organism’s daily life. The biological inner clocks regulate functions such as sleep,

behavior, hormone levels and body temperature. Rosbash, 74, came to Brandeis in 1974 and is the Peter Gruber Endowed Chair in Neuroscience and professor of biology at the Jewish-founded nonsectarian school. His parents were immigrants who fled Germany in 1938. His father was a cantor at Temple Ohabei Shalom, a Reform synagogue in Brookline, Massachusetts, not far from the Brandeis campus. Rosbash and Hall started at Brandeis together in 1974; Hall is a professor emeritus there. Rep. Ted Deutch, a senior House Democrat who opposed the Iran nuclear deal, is leading an effort to persuade President Donald Trump to abide by the agreement. “Some of us voted for, and some against the Iran nuclear agreement,” said the letter due to be sent Wednesday to Trump with signatures from over 180 Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives — the vast majority of the caucus. “Nonetheless, we are united in our belief that enforcing this agreement to the fullest extent will provide the United States with more leverage to stop a potential Iranian nuclear weapons program and push back on Iran’s destabilizing activities.” Deutch, D-Fla., who spearheaded

the letter with Rep. David Price, D-N.C., a leading defender of the agreement, is close to the pro-Israel establishment. The 2015 deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, trades sanctions relief for a rollback in Iran’s nuclear program. Critics, among them Deutch, the top Democrat on the House Middle East subcommittee, said its flaws included “sunset clauses” that allow Iran to ease restrictions on uranium enrichment within a decade or so. Trump has said he wants to scrap the agreement or at least reopen it to negotiation. He may do so as early as Oct. 15, a deadline for him to certify to Congress Iran is in compliance with the agreement. Nuclear inspectors say Iran is compliant, but Trump and other current deal opponents note its continued missile testing, its backing for terrorism and its military adventurism. Deutch, who is Jewish, is the latest erstwhile critic of the deal to say that quitting the deal without a solid pretext would alienate other signatories to the deal and U.S. allies — and would wound attempts to force Iran to stand down on its non-nuclear bad acts. Last week, Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md. — also close to the establishment pro-Israel community and Jewish — forcefully argued against ditching the deal.


An Electrifying Theatrical Event The Arizona premiere of Pulitzer Prize Finalist Rebecca Gilman’s 2015 American Theater Critics Assoc. Award: BEST PLAY “A grimly rich study of the fight to save a child.” — LA Times

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